We really expected a small tunnel like place used as a means to get from A – B, what we found was a whole new world underground. The system is called PATH and you can gain access from many different places such as the Eaton Centre, subway and many shops such as the Bay. It extends some 16 miles from Dundas Street in the north to the Lakeside area in the south, and is far from a tunnel.
The walkways are huge, bright, extremely clean and fairly easily navigated once you get used to the way it is signposted. It basically uses colours to depict if you are going North, South, East or West. There are more than 1,000 shops in the system from major department stores to small print shops and hairdressers, making it a shopping centre in its own right. There are many eating areas located throughout, so you won’t go hungry either.
You can get just about anywhere in the main part of the city without having to go above ground – great in the sub zero winters. Even whilst we were there when the weather was pretty good the PATH was packed with people. It links some of the main buildings and tourist areas such a CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, Sky Dome and Air Canada Centre.
Even if you visit Toronto in the height of summer, I would definitely recommend you spend a couple of hours navigating the PATH; it really is quite amazing.
May 10, 2004
From journal Four days in Toronto